Netflix Engineers Made These Cool Features That The Company Likes, But May Never ReleaseBy: Chris Crum - February 28, 2014
Netflix engineers have built some interesting features for the service, which could be quite popular with users, but they may never see the light of day. But then again, who knows?
Netflix held its Hack Day last week, and came up with these ideas, but Netflix says while it thinks they’re “cool and fun, they may never become part of the Netflix product.”
“For Hack Day, our primary goal is to provide a fun, experimental, and creative outlet for our engineers,” the company says in a blog post. “If something interesting and potentially useful comes from it, that is fine, but the real motivation is fun. With that spirit in mind, most teams started hacking on Thursday morning, hacked through the night, and they wrapped up by Friday morning to present a demo to their peers.”
“It is not unusual for us to see a lot of really good ideas come from Hack Day, but last week we saw some really spectacular work,” Netflix adds. “The hackers generated a wide range of ideas on just about anything, including ideas to improve developer productivity, ways to help troubleshooting, funky data visualizations, and of course a diversity of product feature ideas. These ideas get categorized, then to determine the winner for each category the audience of Netflix employees rated each hack, in true Netflix fashion, on a 5-star scale.”
Here are the ones Netflix is highlighting:
These all seem like pretty useful features, and knowing that each took roughly 24 hours to create, it’s hard to imagine why Netflix wouldn’t consider putting in a little extra time, and launching them properly.
Either way, here are some ways you can enhance your Netflix experience currently.
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